Singapore-born Jillian Ong moved to Moscow three months ago and promptly fell in love with the city. Prior to becoming a freelance journalist, Jill spent five years as a management consultant in the media and telecommunications industries. She has lived and worked in England, Australia and most of Far East Asia, and confesses to harboring an ambition to eat her way around the world on a gastronomic tour someday. Jill was PASSPORT’s go-to girl this month, reviewing the new Moroccan restaurant Ketama, bringing a newcomer’s perspective to the perennial question of the cost of living in Moscow and discovering how to buy and take care of that fabulous fur coat.
Sarah Fishburn Roberts
Since finishing her degree in Russian at Sheffield University, British writer Sarah Fishburn Roberts has longed to travel the length and breadth of this country. It has taken her six years to get here, after having worked in a veneer factory in South Africa, on a chicken farm on a kibbutz in Israel and as a marketing executive and inner-city schoolteacher in London. Sarah is spending the year traveling through Russia with her photographer husband, Simon Roberts, as she writes a novel about life in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Sarah and Simon recently spent three weeks visiting the other-worldly sites of the Kamchatka peninsula.
Charles W. Borden
Charles W. Borden, who interviewed top investment analyst Eric Kraus in this issue, is an American businessman and journalist. He consults on mergers and acquisitions for Moscow-based Meridian Capital Management and is the editor of RussiaWines.com. In 2002, Charles was managing editor of the bi-monthly Russians Magazine and he frequently contributes articles to magazines and newspapers about the Russian wine industry, of which he is perhaps the West’s foremost expert. Charles first introduced bag-in-box wine packaging to Russia in 1994 and has helped broker the sale and subsequent growth of several wine enterprises.